5 days in October 2016
Time spent in the company of Ella the Spanish water dog at Finca Buenvino in the Sierra de Aracena in Andalusia - made possible of course by her family, Jeannie, Sam and Jago Chesterton. Accompanied by the irrepressible Tim Clinch, this was an orgy of food, photography and fine company in a magical world far removed from the everyday.
Fincaa Buenvino is also a working farm. There are chickens scratching and pigs porking and sheep's bells by the pool at sunrise and vegetables galore.
Then there is Jeannie's sublime cooking: From bread and marmalade (Seville orange of course) in the morning to never ending tapas to the bounty of the garden, all accompanied by a selection of fine Spanish wines, sherries and beer.
Visitors came and visitors went.
Visits were made. Some Iberian pata negra pig facts: 2: the number of hectares per pig 60: the number of oak trees on those hectares to produce 700: kilos of acorns consumed during the 4 month season to yield 60: kilos weight gain on average that gives 70: % unsaturated fat in Jamon Iberico 100% Bellota. It's health food!
Then there were those beautiful whitewashed Andalusian towns to explore.
But most of all there were the hosts: Jeannie and Sam's generous and inclusive hospitality and Tim's insightful guidance and enthusiastic encouragement.
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